Alleged thief tried to make getaway on bike |

Alleged thief tried to make getaway on bike

Chad Roylance
John Hart | The Union

A man who allegedly stole an iPad from a Grass Valley store and fled on a BMX bicycle had the bad luck to ride past Grass Valley Police officers on surveillance for another man suspected in a kidnap and robbery attempt.

Officers were on the lookout for Stephen Woodward, who was wanted after he allegedly kidnapped a man and threatened to kill him unless he went and got his medication.

Woodward was eventually arrested by Grass Valley Police officers Saturday in the 400 block of Brunswick Road.

But while they were watching Woodward in the area of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way Saturday, they received a call that a man had stolen an iPad from Radio Shack, said Capt. Rex Marks.

The man reportedly had fled the scene on a black BMX bicycle.

“They saw him pass by on the bike,” Marks said.

While searching for the suspect, they located the abandoned bike, which was registered to Chad Matthew Roylance, Marks said.

Roylance was located Sunday on South Auburn Street and Park Avenue, and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, being in possession of stolen property and committing a felony while on bail.

He also had a warrant for failing to appear on a felony charge.

Roylance, 37, of Rocklin, was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Roylance had been arrested in March after he reportedly started a fire in the woods off Freeman Lane to keep warm and was found with stolen property.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to a report of people lighting a fire in a wooded area and found two men who allegedly had started a fire to stay warm.

They apparently had tried to use clothing to smother the blaze.

An officer noticed an unopened bag of boxer underwear near the fire that had burn marks.

Roylance said he had no idea where it came from, but he allegedly was wearing a brand new sweatshirt and exercise pants that also had burn marks.

The loss prevention officer at nearby Kmart was contacted and confirmed there had been a recent shoplifting, then positively identified Roylance as the alleged suspect.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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